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Communication Quick LInks

If you are trying to reach us, please note the following numbers:
  • For KCH Elementary, please call 315-673-6100
  • For Driver Middle School, please call 315-673-6200
  • For Marcellus HS, please call 315-673-6300
  • For the District Office, please call 315-673-6000
Special Education Services Senior High School Driver Middle School KC Heffernan Elementary School
Special Education Information Page Letter to Parents - April 17th Letter to Parents - April 23rd
Letter to Parents - April 3rd
Mr. Montgomery's Remind Page
Letter to Parents Letter to Parents - April 10th Ms. O'Mara's Information Page Mr. Montgomery's Instagram Info
  Letter to Parents - April 3rd Letter to Parents - March 15th  
  Letter to Parents - March 27th    
  Mr. Durkee's Instagram Page    
  Mr. Durkee's Google Slides    

Families in Need of Health Insurance

Please Note: If you are NOT receiving e-mail messages from the school district, please complete this Parent Contact Information survey as soon as possible.

Child Care Services

(*Childcare needs of essential first responders and health care workers are prioritized)

If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care, please complete this parent need for child care survey. Please note that childcare needs of essential first responders and health care workers are prioritized. Based on the information you provide about your job, employer, number of children, and financial need, OCFS may be able to help you find the child program you need. It may be a challenge to find child care due to COVID-19 related program closures, however the staff at OCFS are trying their best to support families to find the high quality child care that they need.

Additional Child Care Resources:

  1. The Syracuse YMCA provides child care for children of parents in the greater Marcellus community.  They have made availability of childcare for children of parents who are healthcare professionals, first responders and essential employees a top priority.  If you are a parent or guardian seeking child care and working in the healthcare profession, or are a first responder or essential employee, follow these instructions to register:
    1. Create an account if you don't have one:
    2. After signing into your account follow these instructions
      The YMCA program will remain open here at Marcellus Central Schools, specifically at KCH, throughout the school closure. They are ready to receive your child and take great care of them while you are assisting the public during these challenging times. Thank you for your service.

      The YMCA child care program at KCH will be operating daily from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. beginning Monday, May 18, 2020.
  2. Onondaga County
    1. Phone: (315) 446-1220 (slots designated for first responders and healthcare workers)
  3. Marcellus First Presbyterian Daycare
    1. Location and Contact Information: 7 North St, Marcellus, NY 13108 | Phone: (315) 673-2608
  4. Child Care Solutions
    1. Locations and Contact Information:
      1. Auburn Office: 63 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY 13021 | Phone: (315) 446-1220
      2. Syracuse Office: 6724 Thompson Road, Syracuse, NY 13211 | Phone: (315) 446-1220, (315) 446-2010

Meal Pickup and Delivery

The school district plans to operate a backpack-style food program during the closure – providing weekly provisions to any students who need them. The meals will be available for pick-up once a week. For those without transportation, delivery will be provided.

Pickup Time: Fridays, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Delivery Time: Fridays, 1 - 3 p.m.

Important: If you are struggling and in need of food for your family in these difficult times please contact Donna Rice at and we will help.

Mental Health Resources

New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)

The outbreak of COVID-19 around the world has led to the spread of fear and panic for individuals and communities. In addition to following physical precautions guidelines, individuals should be taking care of their psychological well-being.

This guide includes tips for the following populations: 
  • For Everyone 
  • For Individuals Receiving Mental Health Services 
  • For Parents, Including Parents of Children with Pre-Existing Anxiety Disorders 
  • For Caregivers of Older Adults 
  • For Mental Health Providers
OMH has also created the New York State Emotional Support Line staffed by specially trained volunteers who can help you. Call 1-844-863-9314.

The National Association of School Psychologists also offers guidance for caregivers, called Care for Caregivers: Tips for Families and Educators. Parents, teachers, and other caregivers play a critical role in helping children cope with crises, often ignoring their own needs in the process. However, caregivers must take good care of themselves, so they are able to take good care of the children in their charge.

Addressing Grief

National Association of School Psychologists

The National Association of School Psychologists also offers brief facts and tips for addressing grief for young people.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s guide Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) will help you think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect your family—both physically and emotionally—and what you can do to help your family cope.

Free WiFi for students

Spectrum on March 13 announced it will offer free high-speed internet service and Wi-Fi for 60 days to households with students as many schools temporarily close or switch to online classes. Families can call (844) 488-8395 to enroll. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

Tech Support for district-owned devices: Please use this page to resolve technical issues with district-owned devices


July 13, 2020: Updates from Superintendent Brantner 
May 18, 2020: Updates on Events through the end of the school year
May 15, 2020: Student materials to be delivered May 20 and May 21
May 8, 2020: Letter from Superintendent Brantner on the rest of the school year
April 16, 2020: Marcellus Schools to remain closed through May 15
April 16, 2020: REMINDER: Please do not congregate on school campus during social distancing
April 14, 2020: Marcellus Schools to remain closed through April 29, Regents Exams cancelled
April 6, 2020: April Update on COVID-19 from Superintendent Brantner
March 30, 2020: Marcellus Schools Closed through April 14
March 17, 2020: Student materials pick-up instructions
March 16, 2020: Marcellus CSD now closed to students through April 13

March 16, 2020: Classes for grades K-6 canceled 
March 15, 2020: One-hour delay for students March 16; only staff report March 17-18
March 14, 2020: County orders schools to close March 23 to April 14

March 13, 2020 (web post)
March 12, 2020 (video)
March 12, 2020 (letter)
March 3, 2020 (web post)
Feb. 28, 2020 (letter)

Travel and Quarantine Measures

Regarding travel and quarantine measures, the New York State Department of Health has made quarantine mandatory for individuals returning to the United States from a known high-risk exposure area on or after March 4, 2020. Because of this, any student, student family member or employee who has returned from a known high-risk exposure area should notify the Onondaga County Health Department. In addition, please notify your principal prior to re-entering the school. 

For more information, please visit the Center for Disease Control’s web page for coronavirus and travel,

District Communications

We will continue to monitor the situation and post any updates on this web page. 

If the district becomes aware that one of our students or staff members is diagnosed with COVID-19, we will notify staff and parents/guardians via the district’s School Messenger notification system. If you are NOT receiving e-mail messages from the school district, please complete this Parent Contact Information survey as soon as possible.

2020-2021 Private School Transportation Requests

Please be advised that Governor Cuomo's Executive Order No 202.15 extends the nonpublic transportation request filing due date "to the extent necessary to delay the April 1 requirement that parents must file transportation requests with their school district in order to obtain transportation for their children for the following school year."

The new deadline due date is May 9, 2020 for non-public application for transportation.

Prevention Measures and Resources

For now, the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your children is to continue to follow standard preventive practices for influenza. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for guidelines.

It is important to note that exposure to COVID-19 can occur from any person-to-person contact and is not limited to a particular race or ethnicity.

Additional resources

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New York State Department of Health

Onondaga County Department of Health

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